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Sweet, simple and sensual! Most of us are familiar with the commercially made candy, called Turtles. They involve pecans, caramel and chocolate. I took this idea and reconstructed it. Same concept except these are shaped a little bit differently and are good for you! Made with nuts that started out raw, were soaked and dehydrated, thus making them healthier and easier to digest. Plus it changes the texture of the pecan to light and crunchy, which Bob loves. The “caramel” sauce is made from pure dates! Which are sweet, have a caramel under-tone and filled with many health benefits as well. Raw chocolate is a wonderful superfood within itself! Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea! Now tell me… would you feel guilty eating a few of these? I think not!
The “caramel” sauce will make a little more than needed. So you can either make more of these lovely candies or use the remainder for other fun and creative ideas. After I put them together I was sitting at the table looking at them. What was I going to call these? I thought… Turtle Nuggets!… but then after thinking about it for a minute, it made me laugh because it reminded me of moose nuggets and in Alaska I always had piles of those in my yard… so I gave it more thought and just simplified it by naming them Chocolate Covered Turtles. Original huh? lol Update: Bob changed the name of these treats!
Turtle shells! haha Funny looking little things, but oooh so good!
Dip the turtle shells into the chocolate one at a time. Don’t attempt to dump a bunch in
at once, just trust me on this. haha Roll the turtle shell around in the chocolate until it is
well coated. Place the fork under the nut and lift straight up and out of the chocolate.
Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to knock off excess chocolate. If you skip this step,
you will end up with large puddles of chocolate that will harden underneath the turtle.
This doesn’t affect the taste, it just looks a little sloppy. After tapping the fork handle
on the edge of the bowl, slide the base of the fork prongs along the edge of the bowl so the
excess chocolate falls back into the bowl.
Slide the turtle onto a tray or cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper and allow them to
harden at room temperature. See how some look glossy and others are matte colored? The matte
colored ones are dried, the glossy are still wet. If you have them harden in the fridge, you risk them
being exposed to moisture which can cause bloom, meaning they get white streaks on them.
Package Idea: line a container with pretty card stock paper.
Use a container that will hold the candies in a single layer.
Set the chocolate covered turtles in mini cupcake liners.